efficiency Victory Gardening.

By: 1759 , 2:13 PM GMT on July 30, 2012

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I just finished an article in Mother earth news about homesteaders that are off the grid, which means that they use zero electricity.They also grow or buy from local markets only preserving the cheaper available food.What a way to live.With my small 10'x10' garden we have been eating some fine produce since the begining of july and the flavor is amazing.
This economy is so bad in Va ,and everywhere else I imagine ,that it seems to me that growing some of your own food ,rain permiting , is the way to go.

Do you think that our local and fed gov't should be pushing americans to do just that.Something like Victory gardens like wwII?

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17. DaveFive
2:14 AM GMT on January 13, 2014
Hello 1759,
I'm Dave from San Jose, CA. Yes a victory garden is an excellent idea for all neighborhoods as well as rural areas. I have a victory garden too.
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16. OrangeRoses
10:11 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
Let me know when u want the font. Will put them here AsSoonAs I C I had the links here 6 days ago. thx

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15. OrangeRoses
8:17 PM GMT on August 03, 2012
Thanks 1749.
Finally smiling again.

I am limited by the WU interface here todo artist`e web styling but I try to change it daily, not only because I get apathetic with "things that stay the same and never never change" but also because I get empathetic for the seldom few who read it.
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14. 1759
1:12 PM GMT on August 03, 2012
Your right, garden start up can become pricey.
I suggest start small.
Hand digging and tilling,as I did ,saves a bundle.going at it in small bites or passes if you will..
when it comes to the veg's choose disease resistant and heat tolerant.
not "babying the plants at first,to much attention,in my experience,toughens them up for harsher condition in the season.A few bugs and funky leaves,forget about it, flavor over looks.You don't always get a bumper crop,scale down your expectations and you don't end up crying over a loss,though it still hurts.

thanks janetlee for the great sounding okra recipe.I'll try it.I usualy coat and fry.

Orange rose,the thunder strms were scarry looking its neet to see the power in the sky. I've yet to see the Queen of the night tulip you mentioned but I'm looking forward to it.,I no it will be a favorite.I hope your not off gardening all together it seems your successful at things you try, which shows in your blog.which is interesting and artistic .
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13. OrangeRoses
2:08 AM GMT on August 03, 2012
I saw your storm photos, as suggested.  There were some nightmarish hail storms in Texas with 12 inch hail possibly a year ago.. It was dirty ice, not the icecube clear(hopefully) type. So that I do not seem to be a complainer I won't say anything about the Garden catastophe other than: last time I try gardening. I thought it was very nice when Michelle Obama did a real nice Garden at the Whitehouse with school childen.  She set a nice example to plant a garden, and the news mentioned Depression Era gardens from the past. There wasn't any "you must go on top of your 32 story NYC apartment building and put soil in wooden flats", was there? Let's hope with the severe drought we have any vegetables.

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12. janetlee
7:52 PM GMT on August 02, 2012
great looking orka!
We like to roast ours.
sprinkle a little olive oil & sea salt, stick them in a 425* oven for about 20-25 min. shake them a little a few times. They are wonderful.
Parents never grew it in our garden when we lived in VA. but an Aunt did but did not cook them right. They were slimy nasty!

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11. calpoppy
5:05 PM GMT on August 02, 2012
Whether you homestead or not supporting local farms is our way of telling the big guys namely Con-Agra that this is what we want for food! No chemicals, no GMO seeds, just real food. The problem with the small organic farmer is price. So many people just can't afford it.

There is no better tasting veggie then what you pluck from your garden :)

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10. 1759
12:37 PM GMT on August 02, 2012
A fine okra plant Clemson spineless great fried heavy yielder about 2-3 okra at 3-5" a week
takes the heat well note the thin leaves.
this plant originated in Africa and is an easy grow from seed.
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9. 1759
12:32 PM GMT on August 02, 2012
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7. janetlee
8:49 PM GMT on August 01, 2012
Welcome aboard. Thanks for stopping by, I love having visitors.
I do not think the government needs to make people grow gardens. People who can will and those who can't won't. Our small city does let empty lots be used for community gardens. There are several around town. In fact we have one beside our Church. It is the first year of doing such. I think rabbits are getting the most of it.
Good luck to ya........
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6. GardenGrrl
5:38 PM GMT on August 01, 2012
Hi, I only do flowers because I'm in an unfenced housing development. Veggies just "dissapear". Do have a peach tree and newly started pear tree though.
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5. Alleyoops
5:23 PM GMT on August 01, 2012
Growing up on a farm, I completely agree. Unused urban lots should be designated free gardening land in cities so people there can grow produce for themselves on a co-op basis. More and more people will turn to this if they know its available because of our economic times. We don't want to take away from the producer farmers but we need to find a more reasonable and cost conscious way of helping those who are on limited incomes and can't afford to buy what the stores offer. The biggest problem I see is keeping it protected from vandals who seek to disrupt even simple things like this for the pleasure of being jerks. Perhaps do like they do for used car lots, lots of lighting and security cameras with a security guard to watch over things. A man's food is more precious than the gratification of a few hoodlums.
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4. Proserpina
11:07 AM GMT on August 01, 2012

Good morning.

Simple is good even excellent! Yes, I spent much too much time on the four parts of the paper blog. The research, they typing, the effort to write about some aspects and omit others,.... Fortunately for me, I love to do research! And I love to learn something new! And I love to share my findings!

As to how to do a blog, find a subject that interests you and start a Google search, print out and read the material found (Or save paper and read on line and take notes of the things you specifically want to remember.) Find some interesting photos that illustrate one or two points, type it up and post.
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3. Skyepony (Mod)
2:17 PM GMT on July 31, 2012
I completely agree the govt should be encouraging victory gardens. They don't because they are controlled by Big Ag interests.

I grow for 4+ in 2 small gardens up against the house. One on the north side one on the south so I can take advantage of the different micro-climates.
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2. OrangeRoses
1:21 AM GMT on July 31, 2012
My blog text is in color. Not sure if that might have anything todo with you being unable to see anything. I'm not a rose grower. Had one rose that I loved and she died in the winter while inside, infested by aphids. She was in a large planter pot. The local store had the garden pesticides in storage until spring. Her name was Torri and I cried when she passed away.
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1. SBKaren
10:33 PM GMT on July 30, 2012
Hi 1759 -

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Just use your blog to show us what you are growing, and any growing hints you might have. That's about all I do.

I believe that Mrs. Obama has made a big push to growing your own and eating healthier. I've had a garden for a few years now, and I do enjoy growing whatever I can! Mostly, for me, it's lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, green beans (this year those weren't so successful) and anything else that is easy and that we eat.

We also have a compost bin. The compost has been a catalyst this year for our garden. Really made everything POP!

Welcome to WU!
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